This past week Starwars.com announced a new limited series starring the Dark Lord of Sith. Star Wars: Darth Vader - Dark Visions, which begins in March of next year, includes a cover image of Vader mounted atop a creature and brandishing his lightsaber and an Imperial shield. What is exciting about this art is his shield featuring the Imperial cog which was done by Hasbro in 2005. During their Revenge of the Sith line, Hasbro introduced a very short-lived series, geared to younger kids, called Force Battlers. These 6"ish figures, were more stylized in design and included action features. The first Darth Vader released in this line included the Imperial shield which now appears to be possibly headed for official Star Wars canon if seen [...]
Kenner and Hasbro have both had a long history of releasing special preview figures prior to the debut of each new Star Wars film and its respective action figure line. As we ready ourselves for The Force Awakens figure line which will be premiering on #ForceFriday (September 4th, 2015) we are taking a brief look back at each Sneak Preview figure offered throughout the last 38 years. Star Wars (1977) Although it did not proceed the actual film or include any figures initially the Early Bird Kit was not only the first item released from Kenner’s seminal line but it also gave collectors their first taste of the Star Wars action figure onslaught that was to come. Early Bird Certificate Package; figures were to arrive [...]
The gang from Galaxy of Toys Podcast is back with another episode and this time its all about Revenge of the Sith. Join the hosts as they chat about the good and the bad of 10 years of Episode III action figures! In Episode 44, the topic of the Midnight Madness event comes up and believe it or not we are only now 98 days until our next one! Force Friday, aka September 4th, can not get here fast enough. As the #forcefridaycountdown continues, May the Figures be with you!
"Last week Jedi Temple Archives featured an article on the 10th anniversary of the Midnight Madness sales that accompanied the release of Revenge of the Sith back in 2005. And after reading a second post from Jesse Tschopp, I began thinking about this big day in Star Wars collecting history too." "For my family this was really the first Star Wars related event that we actually did as a family. Of course I was the catalyst for this outing but my then 7 year old son was also beginning to amass a pretty decent amount of action figures (yes he wanted them, I wasn't forcing him!). My then 10 year old daughter who up until then wasn't much into Star Wars, was excited about the [...]
Prior to the action figure drought (which ran from mid 2012 to mid 2013) Star Wars action figures were being released fast and furious through multiple lines such as Movie Heroes, The Clone Wars and The Vintage Collection. With so many releases it was easy to fall behind and become fatigued with the amount of reissues Hasbro was providing. The Vintage Collection's Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter from the opening of Episode III's Battle of Coruscant sequence was released prior to the drought with little fanfare as most collector's already had this vehicle and preferred their "vintage" vehicles to be from the Original Trilogy. So Obi-Wan's Jedi Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor sat on Toys 'R' Us shelves and eventually turned up at discount stores such as Tuesday Mornings. Now [...]
With the recent Saga Legends release of two all-new Jedi Starfigther vehicles, From 4-LOM to Zuckuss is taking a look back at the previous incarnations of the Episode III spaceship. So sit back, strap-in and put just your headpiece on (because apparently flight suits are not needed during the prequel ear?) as we fly through each release and reissue of the Jedi’s newest and last starfigther. The year is 2005 and the release of Star War Episode III: Revenge of the Sith saw our heroes following the Prequel Trilogy tradition of piloting different vehicles with each successive film. Unlike the Original Trilogy where X-Wings and Falcons remained steadfast throughout the series, the prequels preferred to switch it up with each new installment. In the opening [...]